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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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Paul Daley

Today we got word from K-1 Global that they were going to be announcing a huge signing. As we saw in the past with their signing of Buakaw Banchamek, when they say that they've signed someone big, they usually mean it. This time was no different, as they announced today that former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Paul Daley. Paul Daley has been focusing on Kickboxing thus far in 2014, with three Kickboxing fights and three knockouts under his belt.

These knockouts aren't just against local boys, either. Two of those knockouts are against big names in Kickboxing, one was Alexander Stetsurenko, the other against Alexander Surzkho at LEGEND 3: Pour Homme. So needless to say, this guy has looked super impressive in Kickboxing and there has been a lot of speculation about him making the move into either K-1 or GLORY. This is a huge win for K-1 in this case, because Paul Daley has chosen to go with the most recognized name in the sport of Kickboxing by the way of K-1.

Daley will be fighting at 80kg (about 176lbs) and will make his debut for K-1 in their July outing in Thailand, which will be the K-1 World MAX Finals featuring Buakaw Banchamek vs. Enriko Kehl. Paul Daley will be fighting next on April 25th in Slovakia at FFC12 against Miran Fabjan.

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Gokhan Saki

GLORY packed an arena in Istanbul, Turkey at GLORY 15 Istanbul, with passionate fans who wanted to see their hometown hero take home the gold. They got just that when Gokhan Saki won the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship. So let's take a look back at what was GLORY 15 with their super-passionate Turkish crowd. It's great to see Saki celebrating backstage after winning the championship, for sure.

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Glory

For those who will be attending GLORY 17 Los Angeles you will be in for quite a night. According to a new interview that GLORY CEO Andrew Whitaker did with MMAMania, we can expect the same quality of programming from GLORY on Spike TV for the near future. They are insistent that their PPV aspirations will not detract from GLORY's Spike TV product one bit. That means that they still plan on holding a one-night, four-man tournament, which has been their focus on Spike TV thus far.

That means that there will be two tournaments in one night and while they have yet to announce which weight class will be featured during the Spike TV portion of GLORY 17, we do know that there will be a Middleweight Champion crowned during "Last Man Standing." From the rumors that we've heard, GLORY might be planning on crowning up to three champions in that one evening, with one being Middleweight and the other two have yet to be disclosed.

We'll keep you apprised of what to expect from GLORY 17 in the coming weeks.

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If there has been one name that we've wanted to be hammering into your heads over the past few years as a super talent that would have to be Andrew Tate. Andrew Tate appeared on one It's Showtime card and he really helped to turn the whole thing upside down. He fought Sahak Parparyan for the It's Showtime 85kg Championship and the level of smack talk was unlike anything that It's Showtime had ever seen. It made it one of the most anticipated fights in It's Showtime's history, which was really cool. Oh, it was a good fight, as well.

Tate will be competing on the April 26th Enfusion 17 event in a four-man 85kg Championship tournament, the winner walking away with the Enfusion world title. The participants in that tournament are Andrew Tate, Jiri Zak, Miroslav Cingel and Rustam Guseinov. Check out the promo video below and don't forget to check out Enfusion 17 on April 26th.

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Catalin Morosanu

On May 25th there will be elections held for the European Parliament, not something that would usually interest us here on LiverKick. That being said, this is a bit different, as for the first time there could be an international Kickboxing star elected to the European Parliament. It's been discussed in the past, but SuperKombat's Catalin Morosanu serves as a Counselor to his birth region of Iasi.

So on May 25th Morosanu will be vying for a role in European Parliament, up for a role as a deputy for Romania. This would make Catalin Morosanu the first major elected official in European Parliament whose first career was that of a Kickboxer.

At SuperKombat's World Grand Prix at Riseta the promotion launched a limited edition line of commemorative watches for Catalin Morosanu, as well as Raul Catinas and Jerome Le Banner. On top of that, Stefan Popa, the "fastest cartoonist in the world" offered cartoons to all of the fighters, one of which, of Eduard Irimia can be seen in the photo above.

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Mike Passenier

Like or hate him, one thing is certain, Mike Passenier is one of the biggest names in kickboxing today. Combat sports figures from many disciplines have found a home at Mike's Gym. Among the many superstars who have called his gym home names like Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef, Murthel Groenhart are a few of the most notable. Definitely an affable character with a penchant for quick dry wit, don't be fooled by his big smiling brown eyes and equally large grin. Mr. Passenier is a shrewd business man.

In our chat before Glory 15, Mike fielded questions regarding his plans for 2014, Badr Hari and his style of training.

SW: What are your plans for 2014?

MP: I want to do more with social media, I'm having someone work on becoming more active with that. I am also planning on expanding my gym franchise to include other locations.

His plan to expand his franchise is indicative of his calculated risk taking and no nonsense approach to life. When asked how he describes his training style, Mike characterizes his style of coaching as hands on, but demands respect from his trainees and teaches with the expectation that the fighters take responsibility for their roles in victory and defeat.

SW: Who are you currently working with?

MP: Well, there's Saki who's here for the tournament. Also still Badr Hari, Murthel and Artur Kryshenko.

SW: You also train MMA fighters... I know at one time Muhammed Lawal was training in your gym.

MP: Yes a lot of guys.

SW: Speaking of Badr, is there any truth to the rumor that he has signed to fight with Glory?

MP: No, you know people see or hear that maybe he's meeting with someone then they automatically assume that he's signed with them but not right now. Not true.

As an observer, Mike appears to train a wide variety of personality types with varying skill levels.With that observation in mind, I tried to ascertain what qualities he looks for in the fighters he takes on.. His response to this question was a bit more abstract, not identifying one or any certain combination of qualities as a predictor of success.

For those who might not take him seriously, Mike could care less! Right now he has found a formula for success and he plans to make it grow. He and his brand have risen like the mythical Phoenix from the ashes of his former gym that was lost in a fire in 2009. The new Mike's Gym is spacious and has state of the art equipment, but he also maintains respect for older, tried and true regimens that enhance strength, agility and speed among his fighters. In addition to gym facilities, Mike stated that he also has a residence at which the fighters can live while they train with him.

At the end of this interaction, Mike revealed himself to be a complex individual who surprisingly enough, when he's not motivating fighters in the gym, admits that he enjoys watching pro wrestling with his son. But again, perhaps not so surprising at all as Mike easily cops to having his own flair for building up fights and making things exciting in the ring.

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